Being a mental health officer (MHO) with MSF is an intense but rewarding job.

From providing psychological first aid to survivors of natural disasters to counselling HIV patients, our MHOs play a vital role in our projects. Trauma is often the most painful aspect of surviving a conflict or disaster, or living with a disease, and mental healthcare is vital for recovery.


Our MHOs often head a group of outreach workers and counsellors, providing care in the health facilities but also out in the community.

It’s a challenging and exciting role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following: 

  • Doing a community mental health assessment
  • Planning a mental health strategy
  • Managing mental healthcare for an entire hospital/project
  • Providing care for victims of sexual violence
  • Supporting groups of displaced people
  • Identifying and managing protection issues

Stories from the field

To read more first-hand stories from MHOs working overseas for MSF, visit our international blog.


  • Formal education and post qualification in one of the following: Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Social work (with additional psychological therapy qualification), Psychiatry (with additional psychological therapy qualification)
  • Currently licensed to practice  one of the above areas with independent licensed clinical practice
  • Experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual violence, Tuberculosis (TB) care
  • Experience in managing and training mental health workers
  • Experience in the clinical supervision of others and treating trauma related problems
  • Experience with emergency mental health/crisis interventions
  • A second language (preferably French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese)
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries
  • Fluency in English​


We are currently looking for MHOs with good French and Arabic skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.

Please note, your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

before you apply

Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

What's it like working with MSF? 

In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.

Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application. 

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